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Understanding Islamic Punishments: Principles and Rationale

Understanding Islamic Punishments: Principles and Rationale, Foster a deeper understanding of Islamic punishments for grave crimes.

Who are We?

Javed Ahmed Ghamidi is a Pakistani Muslim theologian, a Quran scholar, and an educationist. Al-Mawrid U.S. was established in 2014 in order to expand the reach of his effort. In 2019, Al-Mawrid U.S. took on the initiative of establishing the Ghamidi Center of Islamic Learning in Dallas, Texas as a formal educational institute.

Since its inception, Al-Mawrid’s aim has been to conduct research, educate people, and disseminate Islam based purely on Quran and sunnah, freeing it from external influences that have gradually clouded the religious thought of Muslims over the last 14 centuries.

About this Course

We begin by examining the fundamental principles that underpin Islamic jurisprudence and its approach to justice and accountability. The course will offer a detailed analysis of the punishments stipulated in Islamic law, shedding light on their historical development and scriptural foundations. Throughout the course, we explore the diverse contexts in which these punishments are situated, considering religious, historical, cultural, and ethical factors that have shaped their application over time. Our primary objective is to foster a profound comprehension of these punishments, transcending mere legalities to appreciate the broader dimensions of justice and morality.

How is the Content Divided?

The content has been arranged into 8 modules:

1. Background and Introduction of Islamic Punishments for Grave Crimes

2. Islamic Punishments for Muharabah (Waging War Against Allah and his Prophet)

3. Criteria for Administering the Muharabah Punishments

4. Islamic Punishments for Intentional Murder and Injury

5. Islamic Punishments for Unintentional Murder and Injury

6. Islamic Punishments for Fornication

7. Islamic Punishments for Qadhf (Accusing Someone for Fornication)

Islamic Punishments for Theft

Recommended Background

No background knowledge or skills are necessary, but an understanding and familiarity of Islam would be advantageous for anyone who participates in the course.


Dr Shehzad Saleem, the instructor of the course, created the course content and recorded videos on it. He was duly assisted by Faraz Ahmad who designed and simulated the course.



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